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Wednesday, May 09, 2012

This is a picture of our veggie garden this year. We have downsized it somewhat. This year it is going to be very early. We will probably have green beans in a week or 2. The same with our fruit..blueberries will probably start ripening in a week or 2. I just can't believe how early everything is this year. I'm thankful for it. Usually our fruit trees bloom so early and a late frost or freeze will kill the blossoms..Last year our drought and heat made the fruit drop early before ripening. But think this year will be just about right. We won't have cherries though. Our cherry tree is the small tart pie cherries and this year it bloomed late and mainly at the top of the tree so it is hard to pick. So those that ripen, the birds have been feeding on, so no cherries this year.

We have major wildlife here that loves our veggies and fruit. We keep an electric fence around the garden and then will string a temporary one around some of the fruit trees when the fruit starts to ripen. We had deer and raccoon that tore a plum tree down one year. Another year we had a pesky ground hog to get in the garden and eat some of the tomatoes. These are just some of the hazards of gardening in a national forest area.

I love fresh veggies and fruit so am looking forward to all ripening this year.

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MAZACK 5/12/2012 1:37AM

    Your garden is so neat. I'm going to try and remember to get to the farmers market here to get some fresh vegetables.

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TRAVELGRRL 5/10/2012 9:49PM

    YIKES! Sorry to hear everything is early in AR since we are on vacation for the month of May. I hope we don't miss the green beans and blueberries ENTIRELY. :-(

Your garden looks FANTASTIC! It's gigantic!!

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13610511 5/9/2012 6:22PM

    What a beautiful garden!


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Once Begun!!

Monday, May 07, 2012

You know when we make up our minds to do something, we sometimes tend to procrastinate about it. We have good intentions and even go so far as to write down goals and plans on how we will do it and what we plan to end up with. I have a project book that a friend made me for Christmas. At first I wrote down the different projects I was going to do this year..Strangely I have trouble following through on these projects. I have always had ADHD from the time I was a kid. Back then parents just dealt with their wiggly kids and I can remembering mother being strict about instilling in me to sit still and concentrate and complete things. My mind tends to work 90 miles an hour at times. I am creative by nature and sometimes my mind gets away from me. So last night I picked up this project journal..I have managed to complete one of the projects I had planned to do this year...since then my ideas have changed and so therefore I have different projects. One thing my mom taught me was to finish something I started. It has carried through my entire life. When I was teaching children, I tried to instill the same into them. Other jobs I had over a lifetime I would get frustrated with when the bosses would load me down. I have this thing about me that I cannot start a new project until the one I'm working on is complete. I can multi-task but really don't like to. As a retired person now...I still have the ADHD and all of you probably have read the joke about the old persons' ADHD and how they lose their keys and things in each room stop them and they have several things going at once. I guess my momma's training has helped me there as I rarely have the problem of that happening. I have learned to keep my keys in my purse. I open and sort my mail as soon as I get it, etc. But sometimes when cleaning house I find myself doing the ADHD thng when things catch my attention.

But getting back to Once Begun....that is so true at least for me...Once I begin something, then I have this driving force to make me finish it before I start something new. Be it art work, stitching, figuring bills, etc...And so the same with starting back here on Sparkpeople. Once I began it then it is half done...And I'm applying what my mom taught me and finishing it and maintaining it. At least with God's help!!!

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HICKOK-HALEY 5/8/2012 1:10AM

    Oh, can I identify. I also have ADHD..Big time!!! Hang in there. We can do this! emoticon

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MISSY455 5/8/2012 12:44AM

    emoticon blog! emoticon

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quick hello and post

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Company has gone home and I'm hurriedly tracking here. Have to stitch hanging rings on the back of the 2 rugs I've finished to take to gallery tomorrow to another art guild meeting. Will catch up and post to my blog more tomorrow.

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MISSY455 5/7/2012 1:28AM

    Hope you had a wonderful visit with your company!

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LRK4CHRIST 5/6/2012 9:09PM

    Quick Hi and Bye! LOL! May u have continued success!

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Too busy!!!

Friday, May 04, 2012

Do you have some days that you just get so busy that you don't have time to think straight. Today has been one of those days. So this will be a short post.

Calorie count was good..low but good. We ate a late lunch and I had completely forgotten that it was lunch time. I was just so busy that I wasn't even hungry ....until....we sat down to eat..
Lunch consisted of grilled chcken, mushroom rice medley, and a big fresh salad. Yum!! We eat so plain usually...just meat, one starch and some green veggies..neither os us like casseroles so guess that is good for dieting.

I got lots of exercise today...I was thinking back when I started again in January and with the bad back I was only able to get 10 minutes of walk time in a day. The allergy cough kept me from adding to it too much so was only getting 15minutes..Now this week, I've been averaging 30 minutes per day...today was 40minutes...With warmer weather and the weight loss, my joints don't ache as much and it seems I can do more.

Expecting company this weekend so not sure I will have time to post to my blog the next 2 days.. I will chart my calories and fitness and do my weighing early in the morning and postall to my Awesome A team (5% challenge) but that will probably be about all I will have time for the next couple of days.

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TRAVELGRRL 5/6/2012 2:40AM

    Have fun!

We are plain eaters too...I prefer it so it's easier to track. Also, the serving size of most casseroles is only one cup and that would just NEVER satisfy me!

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RADFEN 5/4/2012 8:49PM

    Have a good time with your company!

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Thursday, May 03, 2012

Today has been rather busy for me. Since I'm now getting outside, I have been busier than ever. We drove over to Walmarts today to pick up a few thing. It is a 50 mile drive one way so that took some time this morning. Since then, I've been changing bed linens and bathing the dog. In between that, I have drawn out and prepared a new rug for hooking. I also got a good 30 minute walk in. I'm still having problems breathing and still coughing some, but it isn't as bad. I'm really struggling to make 1250 calories a day. I'm finding I am not eating enough now..strange to say.. We started eating 2 main meals a day (breakfast and lunch) and before I was snacking. Many times our lunch was very late in the evenings..Now we eat our lunch no later than 4p.m...so I'm usually not hungry before going to bed. Since I need more calcium, I'm trying to eat a bowl of cereal with milk in the evenings. Now I have added fiber to my tracking chart and today I didn't meet my goal for that..so may add some dried apricots along with the cereal..I feel I'm doing well on it all. I feel better and my clothes are looser. So I'm determined to continue.

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MAZACK 5/4/2012 3:10PM

    Getting enough fiber and enough protein are two of the things I need to work on. I get my extra calcium by taking calcium with Vit D.

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